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11:30 AM ET, July 30, 2009

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Associated Press:
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza plunked Mark Teixeira on purpose  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay's Matt Garza hit New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira with a fifth-inning pitch Wednesday night, then said he did it because he's tired of opposing pitchers throwing at Rays All-Star Evan Longoria.
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Joba's gem puts exclamation point on win  —  Righty throws eight scoreless for third consecutive victory  —  ST. PETERSBURG — There is no debate anymore for the Yankees.  If this is what Joba Chamberlain is as a starting pitcher, they are ready to sign on and keep trying it for years to come.
Marc Topkin / The Heater:
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Garza stands up for teammate Evan Longoria  —  Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Garza acknowledged it was more than coincidence than he hit Mark Teixeira the inning after Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain threw a pitch at the head of Evan Longoria, and noted the Yankees threw inside to Longoria and hit him Monday too.
Discussion: Fack Youk and MLB FanHouse
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Game 101: Yankees at Rays
Associated Press:
Chamberlain throws eight scoreless innings as Yanks down Rays
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
Chamberlain: ‘Growing Up Before Our Eyes’
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Joba blows away Rays in Yankee win
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jerry Crasnick / MLB:
Pirates All-Star Freddy Sanchez traded to the Giants for prospect Tim Alderson  —  The San Francisco Giants, taking another step to upgrade the National League's 15th ranked offense, acquired three-time All-Star Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh on Wednesday for pitching prospect Tim Alderson.
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Marc Hulet / FanGraphs Baseball:
Freddy Sanchez for... Who?!  Seriously?  —  One of the most enjoyable parts of writing for a site like Fangraphs is “hearing” the banter between writers behind the scenes.  After news broke of the Pittsburgh-San Francisco deal that saw second baseman Freddy Sanchez head from the Pirates to the Giants …
Dan Novick / Hardball Times:
Was the Cliff Lee trade really a win-win?
Chris Haft / MLB.com:
Giants acquire Sanchez from Pirates
Fox Sports:
MLB trade deadline buzz: Wednesday's edition
Jayson Stark / MLB:
MLB trade: Cliff Lee traded to Philadelphia Phillies by Cleveland Indians
Dejan Kovacevic / PBC Blog:
Pirates trade Sanchez to Giants
Fox Sports:
MLB trade deadline buzz: Thursday's edition  —  With the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, FOXSports.com baseball reporters Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have all the latest buzz.  All times below are ET.  —  Rockies prepping for another move?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Ken Davidoff / Newsday:
Yankees cool, but Red Sox desperate for trade  —  While the Yankees scan the  —  market for potential bargains, their rivals are looking to make a high-impact trade.  —  The Red Sox, who have fallen 31/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East, have tried to revitalize …
St. Petersburg Times:
With Indians' trade of Cliff Lee to Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays unlikely to make any major deals  —  ROLE MODEL: The Rays' Carl Crawford, sitting with the Yankees' CC Sabathia, talks to Boys & Girls Club members.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Cliff Lee went to the Phillies on Wednesday …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Roy Halladay Rumors: Wednesday
Eddie Schmid / MLB Rumors:
Olney's Latest: Bell, Washburn, Martinez  —  Buster Olney at ESPN with a few updates on trade chatter today:  — The Padres are fielding all sorts of calls on Heath Bell.  Of the dozen or so interested, the Marlins have probably been the most aggressive.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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Marty Noble / MLB.com:
Beltran eyes return within 2 1/2 weeks  —  Center fielder says injured right knee responding well  —  NEW YORK — Imagine the Mets about to confront the Braves at Citi Field next month and beginning an extended sequence of games against opponents with legitimate postseason aspirations …
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Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Carlos Beltran's return to mets still 2-to-3 weeks away
Discussion: 24 Hours From Suicide
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs in search of lefty bat who can play right  —  The Cubs don't want switch hitter Milton Bradley to give up batting left-handed as an answer to his seasonlong problems from that side of the plate.  But sources said one possibility being discussed is limiting him to a platoon role …
MLB:
Jack Wilson, Ian Snell of Pittsburgh Pirates traded to Seattle Mariners for five players  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have dealt shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Ian Snell to the Seattle Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, first baseman Jeff Clement, and right-handed pitching …
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Bob Sherwin / MLB.com:
Mariners land Snell, Wilson from Pirates
Discussion: Bombers Beat
Yahoo! Sports:
Pirates unload Wilson, Snell to Mariners
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Steve Kornacki / MLive.com:
DETROIT TIGERS BASEBALL  —  Yankees interested in Josh Anderson trade with Tigers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed today that the New York Yankees have interest in outfielder Josh Anderson, whom Detroit has 10 days since Friday to assign to another team via trade …
Joel Sherman / Hardball:
3 UP: WANG, JOBA AND PATTERSON  —  Yes, I am on Twitter.  —  1. There were a lot of things that Chien-Ming Wang was not such as effective in the postseason or the kind of strikeout artist who engenders awe or healthy for the past year.  Because of that his loss for the rest of the year has not caused much of a stir.
Associated Press:
Twins 3, White Sox 2  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Light-hitting Alexi Casilla had two RBIs, Minnesota's bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series.  —  Casilla, who entered the game hitting .161 …
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Yahoo! Sports
Daniel Paulling / MLB.com:
Rangers prospect diagnosed with infection  —  Pitcher Main taken in 2007 First-Year Player Draft  —  ARLINGTON — The mysterious illness that knocked Rangers prospect Michael Main off the mound has been officially diagnosed.  —  Kind of.  —  “The last time I went to a doctor was about two or three weeks ago,” Main said by phone.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
 
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